Concept-Dependent Social Phenomenon Journal Articles

Back in September I wrote a short post (you can read it here) based on Andrew Sayer’s book, Method in  Social Science a Realist Approach, Since then, I’ve had hundreds of readers directed to my blog.   I feel strongly about dissemination of information my philosophy is “knowledge is power,” I have researched several databases and found related journal articles which I hope will be of use to someone. In addition I have another article that I had difficulty uploading titled, Social Science Concepts: A User’s Guide by Gary Goertz).  If you are interested in reading this article just send me at natasha.m.baker@gmail.com, and I will gladly email it to you.
Feel free to provide feedback on the articles.  Thanks, and enjoy!

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2 Tools to Analyze You Blogging Style

Have you read Adam Cohen’s post, What Does Your Blog Say About You? If not, it’s a must read.  In his post Adam ponders over the somewhat interesting analysis he received from Gender Analyzer and Typealyzer. Gender Analyzer uses artificial intelligence to determine whether a blog is authored by a man or a woman.  After submitting my blog, the results concluded that there was a 77% chance it was written by a man.  Seriously – take a look at the screen shot.  To be fair, Gender Analyzer does have a disclaimer:

We created Gender Analyzer out of curiosity and fun. It uses Artificial Intelligence to determine if a homepage is written by a man or woman.GenderAnalyzer REsults

Phew..so Gender Analyzer was developed for entertainment purposes only?  I hope so, because the algorithm seems to have a few bugs in it.   Or it could mean that 77% of the time I write like a man – it’s possible.  I do have a tendency to blog about technology  more than any other topic, and historically technology and science have been dominated by men.  What do you think?

The next tool is Typealyzer, which analyzes your writing style based on your blog posts.  Typealyzer analyzes you blog to determine the type of writer that you are -somewhat of a Myers-Briggs test for bloggers.  Typealyzer’s blog states:

For a long period of time, we have been training our system to recognize texts that characterize the different types. The system, Typealyzer, can now by itself find features that distinguishes one type from another. When all features, words and sentences, are statistically analyzed, Typealyzer is able to guess which personality type the text represents.

Typealyzer concluded that I fit into the category: INTJ – The Scientists.  The people that fit into this type are individualistic, long-range thinkers.   They are intellectually curious and daring, but might be physically hesitant to try new things.  Frankly I am very, very curious about the world around me.  I consider myself a students of life, but contrary to what Typealyzer says, I’m not afraid to physically try anything new – not at all.   Ok, except for swimming with sharks – never.  Take a look at the screen shots.

I'm a Scientist

My question is, how would you use these tools to improve your blogs, writing style, or find out what makes you tick?  I’d love to hear you thoughts.

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Social Networking Sites: An Introspective on Concept-Dependent Social Phenomenon

A Realist Approach

Dr. Sayer author of Method in Social Science: A Realist Approach

Concept-dependent social phenomenon as described by Andrew Sayer in Method of Social Science, is the ideal that “practices, institutions, rules, roles or relationships in society are depends on what they mean in society to its members.”  In our emerging Internet-dependent society, social networking sites are heavily relied upon to connect and network with other members of society who share common interests, lifestyles, goals, professions, etc.

Peter Winch, has argued that the “essential feature of social institutions is that  individuals have a knowledge of more or less tacit constitutive rules concerning not only what can and cannot be done but how things should be done.”

I am really amazed by the proliferation of these sites into mainstream, society, media, and even the world of business. For example, more and more news outlets, such as CNN have a YouTube, Facebook, Flickr and Twitter account. These are all social networking sites that are aimed at bringing together members from around the globe in an effort to collaborate and share information. The understanding or known meaning as Sayer terms it, is that the members of the above social networking sites understand that the site’s goal is to provide a platform for which sharing is the intended behavior.

I was partly influenced by Chris Brogan’s post today and partly influenced by my discussion question for a class that I am taking, “Human Inquiry and Science” in which my professor, Dr. Flor asked the class to, “Give and explain an example from your own area of interest of a concept-dependent social phenomenon, after reading the first Chapter of Sayer’s Method of Social Science.

I have eagerly consumed the intricacies of social media marketing and its skyrocket to popularity in main-stream media.  We are greatly affected by this phenomenon, and anyone that is not connected in any shape or form, will soon be left left behind and forgotten.

That’s just my introspective thought for today. It’s Friday, maybe I have too much information stored in one place!

UPDATE:  I have posted a new article with relevant academic journal articles on concept-dependent social phenomenon, read it here.

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